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Hi al

Hoping for some help, I recently acquired one of the new giant decoband but am experiencing some issues.

When filling the nib must be submerged all the way up to the collar of the section in order to fill. Is this normal? then pen take in no ink unless it is done this way.


All inks i have tried in the pen other than Iroshizuku cannot keep up with the flow demand for the flex quite often running dry just in normal writing. 


the nib alignment is fine but i wonder if a seal has failed in the section that is affecting the flow?


Any ideas please


Many thanks in advance


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yes you have to submerge the whole nib plus a little bit of the section to get a good fill, otherwise the pen is mostly sucking air.


as for flow - try to fill it up again with nib fully submerged.  maybe it just needs more ink behind it.  what I know of these pens is that they're really dang wet.  I think your problem with flow might be that it's not full of ink.

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Thanks. Have tried it but still a bit stave. Whipped the nib and feed out and gave them a clean and that seems to have helped. The seller said it had barely been used. is it feasible that it still have protective oil on it that was messing with the flow?

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You have to submerge the entire nib, as Newton Pens said.


Mine is extremely wet. In fact, I had to find an ink to tame it (Edelstein Onyx) and I would never use Iroshizuku in mine, since Japanese inks are said to quickly go through latex sacs.


One thing you can do, which sometimes helps a reluctant pen, is to brush the nib/feed with soap and a toothbrush. Sometimes I repair a pen that should work (everything is perfect) and it refuses to write... invariably this solves the problem (again, if everything else is as it should be).


Good luck and enjoy your pen. These Decobands are a lot of fun!

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If it works better after pulling it apart and cleaning it (be very careful, the fins on those ebonite feeds are very fragile) then it could just be the person you bought it from left a little ink in there and it was restricting flow a bit. 


There's no protective oil on the feed from machining though.  Maybe some coolant, but that would have all been washed off before the pen was assembled.  If it has poor flow b/c of stuff on the feed, it's most likely old ink.

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